Vendome Folie just 1 hour from Paris, Loir-et-Cher, Centre-Val de Loire
This unique Folie Mansion located in one the most prestigious residential areas of Vendome with a no-through road in front and the river behind, offers a tranquil lifestyle in this bustling city. It was designed by the renowned town Architect, 'Édouard Marganne', in the 1850s and was built using stones reclaimed from the destruction of the Vendome church of Saint Martin (of which only the tower still stands and is visible from the upper floors of this property). This 'folie' shows off its Italian inspirations with Romanesque columns, walkways, central 'light well' and mini-Villa guest lodge. The former carriage entrance hall with original double door opens to an imposing tuffeau stoned passageway with arches on either side. The library once the office of the local Notaire is hidden behind one of the doors, with a reading room, wc, boiler room, etc. behind the others with the central one leading to the impressive “escargot” stairs that wind their way to the upper floors. The half-landing hides the former servants floor and the former kitchen and washrooms are now comfortably utilised as the offices and storage space for some of the current owner’s 30,000 books. The 1st main floor with large lounge and interconnecting dining hall on the south side benefit from plenty of natural light and overlook one of several churches in Vendome. The well equipped kitchen with its balcony overlooks the courtyard and guest lodge below and then over the river behind. There’s a wc, utility room and various walk-in storerooms on this floor as well. Continuing upwards we arrive at the sleeping floor with 2 south facing bedrooms and 2 river facing ones with 2 large bathrooms servicing them. The views from any one of these rooms are superb and from the front we look out over the rooftops to the Mayor’s office, park and several churches including the tower of St. Martin. In the attic we discover a more modern use of the former servants quarters with a projector room, gymnasium and various games rooms. An ideal hideaway for the children and teenagers that have enjoyed living here. To the rear of the main house is the guest lodge with its own independent access and currently run as a successful two bedroom gite with it’s own terrace overlooking the river an ideal place to sip wine watching the world go by on the other side of the river or maybe some fishing if that appealed. There is a sizeable lawn area and some well established trees and shrubs. A useful two room “dependance” is located on the road side allowing direct access from the garden without passing through the main house. A truly super location in the heart of this bustling city with excellent access to Paris, less than an hour from the TGV station which is an easy 10 mins. drive away (there’s a bus at the end of the road that can take you). The choice of schools is impressive and the two hospitals excellent assets. Vendome with its bistrots and cafés as well as large choice in restaurants is becoming increasingly popular with foreigners and Parisians alike all enjoying a “Paris lifestyle” without the costs, and with the real deal being only a short train ride away. Viewings are highly recommended as the photos do not do the property justice.